Lunchtime Links: April 30, 2010

The U.S. economy grew at a 3.2 percent rate during the first quarter of 2010, futher indication of a slow recovery from the recession.

Officials in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast are bracing the potentially disastrous impact of the oil spill reaching the shore from the rig which sunk last week in the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama said no new offshore drilling will commence until the specific causes of the explosion and spill are investigated.

Ratcheting pressure on Goldman Sachs two days after its executives were grilled and rebuked in the public glare, the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation of the Wall Street powerhouse over mortgage securities deals it arranged.

Nine religious leaders endorsed Saturday’s immigration march in downtown Dallas, calling for legalization of those in the United States unlawfully and citing worries that tensions in Arizona over a tough new immigration law will broaden into other states. “We are not here as politicians,” said the Rev. Eric Folkerth, senior pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church of Dallas. “We are here to speak to what we believe to be God’s commandments.”

Talk of a quick return for Bret Michaels are being tamped down as he struggles to recover in intensive care.

Sandra Bullock‘s revelation that she is adopting a 3½-month-old baby raises questions about what happens when a couple divorces while an adoption is in progress.

The seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs finished off their upset of the second-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first of NBA Playoffs.

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